TITLE: Goal Pace at a Distance
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: August 31, 2005 11:11 AM
DESC: I have peaked in my training two weeks earlier than planned. Now, I just need to work to bring it all together on October 2.
Just a quick training update, only because I am even
more surprised and pleased than I was after my
last long run.
I am planning to close my long-distance training with
the traditional 20-miler three weeks before race day.
My goal for much of this season has been to try to
run this 20-miler at my marathon goal pace -- 8:00
min/mile -- or close.
On Sunday, I did a 22.2-mile long run, five weeks
before the marathon. The final time: 2:55:53! That's
a minute and a half sub-goal pace.
Oh, and I managed
on my clocked miles: 8:27, 8:09. 7:57, 7:40, 7:30, 7:10.
That last was Mile 20!
I am pretty sure that I could have finished a full
marathon in 3:30 on Sunday. This run came at the end of
a 60-mile week, and a 122-mile fortnight.
Other than a longer than usual nap on Monday, and some
sore quads Monday and Tuesday, my body showed no ill effects
from the training run. I even played volleyball on Sunday
At this point, I am as confident as I can be about my speed
and endurance heading into the marathon. I just need to
maintain my fitness level, perhaps improving the combination
of speed and endurance a bit in my last few track workouts.
My real focus now is on a good taper (rest!) and the right
diet in the week before the race.